Latest Issue: April 2015
First Italian-assembled F-35 Lightning II rolls out, round-the-world flight by Solar Impulse 2, naval Ka-52K Katran maiden flight and NASA’s RQ-4 Global Hawk atmospheric survey.
COMAC C919 progressing, first flight of the P.1HH HammerHead, Airbus A340 phase-out, Dutch F-35A purchase approved, Vietnam Airlines’ A350 rolled out, Poland’s FLARIS LAR 1, global record by G650ER, re-engining proposal for B-52H Stratofortress and possible replacement for the A-10 Thunderbolt II.
LEADING NEWS STORIES
SAY HELLO TO THE H160
Airbus Helicopters unveiled its all-new H160 medium-twin at this year’s Heli-Expo in Orlando. By Andrew Drwiega.
MADE IN INDIA
A number of new aircraft types were on display at the tenth Aero India exhibition, as Piotr Butowski discovered.
FLYING WHITE HOUSE, THE SIXTY WHISKY AND WARTHOGS
Robert F Dorr provides the latest stories from around the US Air Force.
MILESTONE DEPLOYMENTS FOR THE E-2D AND SH-60F
Rick Burgess gives the latest top news stories from the US Navy.
Bombardier says its CSeries has been given fresh impetus by the CS300’s first flight. Mark Broadbent reports.
PC-24 business jet testing has started as landmark aircraft are delivered. AIR International reviews.
There were new models and big orders at Heli-Expo 2015 in Orlando in March. By Alexander Mladenov and Andrew Drwiega.
Kees van der Mark details the retirement of the Royal Netherlands Air Force AB412 Search and Rescue Squadron.
THE NEW MERIDIAN
In a European magazine exclusive, Dave Unwin flight-tests the newly launched Piper Meridian M500.
UKRAINE’S ASYMMETRIC BATTLEFIELD
Alexander Mladenov and Krassmir Grozev analyse why the Ukrainian Air Force failed to have a sensible impact on the bloody internal conflict.
BRUSSELS, WITH MUSCLES
Chris Kjelgaard looks at Brussels Airline, Belgium’s fl ag carrier.
TONKA PART TWO
Guy Warner concludes his two-part review of the RAF Tornado GR4’s operational service.
DAC Aviation is a lifeline to the most desperate in East Africa. David Oliver explains.
Riccardo Niccoli profiles the Nexus, a version of the AW109 developed specially for Italy’s police agencies.
Royal Danish Air Force Challengers have many uses including maritime patrol, search and rescue and QRA intercepts. Søren Augustesen reports.
AVANTI IN SERVICE
Riccardo Niccoli outlines the P180 Avanti’s use in Italian service.
Martin Scharenborg and Ramon Wenink detail the NATO Baltic Air Policing Mission.